Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Guide to Fly Fishing Reels

Are you wanting to know more about fly fishing reels? Here is some basic information on reels that is sure to satisfy you until your next “casting call.”

Is heavier better?

No, not necessarily. In fact, oftentimes, light fly reels are more expensive and of higher quality. If two reels are the same in all other respects, go with the lighter one. That said, when choosing your fly fishing reel line weight, the most important thing to consider is the weight of your rod and of your line.

These three weights (reel, rod, and line) should be equal and balanced. When you are considering the “weight” of your fly reel, you are not considering how heavy it is, but how well balanced it would be with your rod and reel. When shopping for a good fly fishing set-up, first consider what sort of fish you will be fishing for, find the right weight line to catch them, and then but a rod and reel to match.

Does size really matter?

The larger your spool, the faster your line retrieval can be and the better line handling you will have. Also, you want your fly fishing reel to fit your hand comfortably.

Single and ready to mingle?

Single action fly fishing reels are the most common and also the simplest. For every crank of the handle, you will get one turn of the spool. Single action reels are very easy to maintain. Multiplier fly fishing reels, on the other hand, can retrieve your line faster because for every turn of the handle, you will get two or more turns of the spool. An automatic fly fishing reel is the easiest to use but the hardest to maintain. You simply need to flick a lever to retrieve your line.

Fly fishing is not a drag!

There are a few different types of drag systems that you can choose for your fly fishing reels. Why do you want drag? Because drag applies friction to the spool, helping you in your casting and landing of fish

Spring-and-pawl drag systems is very simple and very affordable. This is a good system for lighter fishing. Look for a spring-and-pawl system with a knob that can increase or decrease your drag tension.

Caliper drag systems are a little bit more expensive. A caliper pad pushes against the braking surface of the spool, creating drag, slowing the spool spin. Be sure that your caliper drag system comes with an exposes palming rim.

Disc drag systems. If you are wanting one of the best and most expensive types of fly fishing reels, then you can go with a disc drag system. With the disc drag, you get increased control and much efficiency. Most agree that if you are fishing for large, powerful, fighting fish, a drag system is best. It will give you the most control and the most consistent drag pressure.

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A Fishing Trip

When it comes to getting away, there are few things better than a fishing trip. As a matter of fact a fishing trip doesn't have to be considered a vacation in my opinion. A fishing trip can be a one to three day excursion to your favorite river or to a neighboring state. The point is that taking a fishing trip can be just what the doctor ordered to clear your head and have some fun.

A little piece of advice that I would offer anyone who considering taking a quick 1 to 3 day fishing trip is to not try something completely foreign to you, unless of course a guide is involved. Going it alone and trying to catch a species of fish that you have little or no experience with can be a nightmare. I've lived this nightmare and it's quite frustrating. Fishing for a species of fish that you have little or no experience with can be quite a challenge, especially in just a couple of days.

When it comes to a quick fishing trip, the best bet is probably to stick with a species of fish and a body of water that you're familiar with. That way there will be no wasted time, shopping, reading, asking for help, etc. If you have familiarity with what you're fishing for you can concentrate on what's important…the fishing and trying to catch a few fish.

A fishing trip can be a wonderful thing as long as you remember to stay with what you know. Trying to learn new fishing techniques is just a few days can be like trying to cook Baby Back ribs with no experience. The outcome can be something much less than desirable. Sometimes fishing trips are best left to that which you have some experience with.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!

By Trevor Kugler

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Friday, August 29, 2008

5 Fishing Rod Resources For Your Tackle Box

Often times a fisherman buys a fishing rod and reel and goes fishing, never realizing that there are fishing rod resources that can be an added benefit to the rod. Several fishing rod accessories exist that should be considered for any fisherman.

These products can make great additions to your fishing equipment or even wonderful gift ideas for your fishing friends. Here are the 5 fishing rod resources that are available to you.

Vertical Rod Holder

These rod holders are great for both home storage or for use on your boat and can hold a multiple number of rods. They are very inexpensive and easy to use. There is one piece for the butt end of your rod and another piece that holds the rod near the tip. Fishing rods do not move around and do not get tangled with other rods, meaning this item can save your fishing rods from damage.

Rod Wraps and Straps

You can transport your fishing rod and minimize damage by using some of the elastic or Velcro wraps and straps that are available. These usually come in a pack of 2 with one piece for the butt of your rod and another for the tip. By securing both ends before transport, you can avoid broken or bent guides or even broken blanks.

Emergency Rod Tip Repair Kit

This is a must have, especially when fishing in those remote locations. The emergency rod tip repair kit comes with shrink tubing and rod tip. Simply and quickly apply to the broken end of your fishing rod and keep fishing.

Graphite Wax

Today's graphite fishing rods will see much wear and tear over time. The rod joints need to be managed regularly to insure long life of your rod. Graphite Wax is designed to maintain graphite rod joints and prevent wear.

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